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Adirondack with a twist. Find details on making this chair in the latest issue of Fine Woodworking. Click here to read the article online.
Barbeque season is here but how is your patio furniture holding up? It’s never too late to whip up some new garden furniture–especially since many in the U.S. are heading into a long, three-day independence weekend.
FineWoodworking.com hosts a collection of outdoor furniture project and plans that you can build: See complete list below. A recent issue of our magazine included three outdoor chair plans. You can watch how to make one of them from start to finish in an eight-part video workshop. Watch the intro video below. Other projects on our site include an ipe table, a classic Adirondack, and more garden bench plans.
So, what’s on your agenda? Will you craft pieces for the outdoors this year? Or, if you recently made any projects, upload photos in our gallery. And, if you have any tips for fellow patio-furniture makers, be sure to share them in a comment below.
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A Classic Adirondack Chair Our version updates the original design with a curved seat and back, making it even more comfortable for relaxing. It’s made of western red cedar, assembled with screws and carriage bolts.
Video: Assembling the Adirondack chair Order the complete project plan
Sturdy Outdoor ChairJoinery takes center stage in this chair designed by master furniture maker Hank Gilpin. It includes mortise-and-tenon joints, bridle joints, and lap joints.
An Outdoor Table in Ipé This 5-ft.-dia. table seats six. The top is made of boards surrounded by an outer frame constructed from 12 thicker segments. Gently curved legs attach to the base with mortise-and-tenon joints.
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A Japanese Garden Bench A curved back rail and armrests, plus tapered back splats with a cross rail blend Asian esthetics and traditional Tudor style. The bench uses mortise-and-tenon joints throughout.
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The Lutyens Garden Bench Designed more than 100 years ago by noted architect Edward Lutyens, this bench features a whimsical frame around classically regimented slats on the back and seat.
Colonial Garden BenchInspired by outdoor furniture built during Colonial times, this bench has contoured back slats and arms that make for comfortable seating. Mortise-and-tenon joinery ensures a solid bench that will last for years.
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Build a Potting BenchBuild this redwood potting bench for yourself or the gardener in your life. It’s perfect for seed sowing, transplanting, and potting up cuttings.
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Your Outdoor Furniture ProjectsUpload photos of your outdoor furniture projects in our gallery like Charles Griffith of Pound Ridge, N.Y. who posted pictures of a set of stackable Adirondack chairs. Click here to upload photos of your own.
Build a Deck
Need a new deck to go with your new patio furniture? Go to FineHomebuilding.com for everything you need to know about building a deck.
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Torture Test for Outdoor FinishesA Durable Exterior FinishWood Against WeatherThe Ultimate Outdoor Finish
A sturdy chair, designed for the outdoors. Find details on making this chair in the latest issue of Fine Woodworking. Click here to read the article online.
Ultimate guide to garden furniture. Find an extensive collection of outdoor furniture on FineWoodworking.com including details for making this mahogany garden bench. Watch a video on how to make it or order the digital SketchUp plans from our store.
Build this comfortable, lightweight version an American classic, the Adirondack Chair.
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Sometimes maintaining the wooden furniture can be a bit of a hastle. I stick to all weather furniture for my seats and go with wood for elegant arches etc.
I would like to order the Classic Adirondack chair plans but I have no idea how to do it. I click the "order chair project" and I get a page full of stuff and don't know where to go next??
A fine looking website. I wish I was younger and had more time to make these beautiful items. Jean
I've written to Michael Fortune regarding the Adirondack chair and he pointed my questions back to Fine Woodworking. I hope to hear something from them. I'm thinking that Fine Woodworking only paid for partial plans.
Anyway... Is anyone up to work as a team to reverse engineer this chair?
@Thoronymous: I think you're supposed to take a cue from Michael Fortune's philosophy: "I'm not big on copying..." and "You'll need to draw a full-size side view to work out the arm curve." -Steve
I'd love to make the adirondack chair in this article unfortunately they seem to have left out a lot of information. The back of the chair is obviously curved but they left out those dimensions. Also, the author says he made a jig to cut the grooves in the arms for the legs but offers no details at all how to do it. I don't understand their lack of detail, Fine Woodworking usually has it together with things like this.
Or... if you don't want to take the FINE route... "PVC is the key to making patio chairs" according to a headline this weekend... :) http://www.masslive.com/springfield/republican/index.ssf?/base/news-27/1270884077135280.xml&coll=1
I was cutting some dovetails recently. Here are the tools that I use when I cut them with hand tools.
Make something fun while learning new skills
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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